‘Group C’ Consists of former Champions South Korea, China, Kyrgyzstan and Philippines . We take a closer look at all four teams and their chances in the AFC Asian Cup.
South Korea and China are the favorites to move out of this group while Kyrgyztan and Philipines both will pocess genuine threath to the oppostion.
South Korea had a heart break in the 2015 Asian Cup when they lost 2-1 to Australia in the extra time of the Asian Cup. The East Asian giants will look to win their first Asian Cup win over 50 years at UAE. They are having a great run in International Football, they knocked out defending champions Germany from the World Cup and won gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games. South Korea will miss Son Heung-min for their first two games and will miss Nam Tae-hee due to an injury.
China are currently managed by Marcello Lippi who won the 2006 World Cup with Italy, He took over the team after a miserable World Cup campaign and steadied their ship with some good results including a win over South Korea. China have a plan laid out for their qualification to the 2022 World Cup and their Asian Cup campaign is expected to kickstart that plan.
Kyrgyztan are currently ranked 91st and are having great time in International football they beat Palestine, Syria and Jordan this year and had a very competitive encounter against Qatar losing 1-0. They are not a team to be taken lightly in this group. Despite playing some great direct football Kyrgyztan are miserbale in front of the goal and their lack of finishing might let them down at crucial time.
Philippines have seen some great development in football over the years with some help from their European based players. They are probably the weakest side in this group but have some technically superior players who can turn the game for them. Their biggest regret through would be missing out goalkeeper Neil Ethridge of Cardiff City who has been splendid this season in the Premeir League